Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,739 - $6,825
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,739 - $6,825
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

Ranks #13 Small Cars by Owners

Ranks #2 Small Cars by Experts

Ranks #9 Small Cars by Fuel Economy

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 3.7 Styling 3.7 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

New for 2012, the Chevrolet Sonic has popped on the scene as a solid all-rounder that is fun, quiet and stylish without pushing the extremes of those descriptions. Competent, capable and built...

Chevrolet Sonic Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Owner Reviews

4.11
192 Reviews
39% 36% 21% 3% 1%
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Love the handling and size, but had some issues internally.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ

Overall this car has been average. I have had several issues including different types of leaks from the coolant to the oil. The hose that attached to the coolant was cracked. I also had something happen to the intake sensor. This caused weird vibrations and shaking with the car. Sometimes when locking the car it wont beep so I have to open the car door and close it again to make sure it beeps. Also, the automatic shift knob broke and now the little plastic piece comes off and it wont click. . But regardless of these issues that I ended up getting taken care of, I personally like the car. It is easy to handle and maneuver. I love how small the car is and I can park it anywhere I need which is amazing when living in the city. . I like all of the little compartments in the car because even though it's a small car I can fit a lot of things. I have taken this car to music festivals, camping trips, road trips, and it has been able to fit all of the gear and luggage just fine. I have a bike that I travel with sometimes. I don't have a car rack for it so I put it in the car. When the seats are put down it fits great. . The stereo bluetooth is great. Though the stereo sound quality could be better it gets the job done. . I also really like that the handles on the back doors are in a unique place. The back seats are not too small of a space for passengers. Overall, I rate this car average on a scale because it has had some issues mechanically but otherwise, the handling and size fits my lifestyle. It can be fun to drive which is a plus:).

- Corinne T

What's a Sonic?! And why I love it!

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

I bought my sonic preowned from a Chevrolet dealership. I had never heard of a Sonic before. I was kind of off put by the vehicle at first but after taking it for a test drive I decided to purchase. My car has been through a house fire and was rear ended and totaled two years after purchasing. I bought back the car because it still was running and was only at 75,000 miles. The transmission was recalled by the dealership and taken care of. I keep up maintenance on my oil. The car has had very few problems, it recently needed a new starter and control arms. I have a issue where the automatic shifter won't give me my key when I turn of the vehicle unless I shake it. Overall the Sonic has been a wonderful car and I love it. It is getting to small for my family but I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone. it gets amazing gas mileage and has been a dependable vehicle.

- Michelle S

The good, the bad and the ugly of owning a sonic.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

The sonic has eaten tires. We have replaced the tires 5x in 170, 000 miles. The clutch was replaced. The turbo sensors are constantly needing attention. The air intake cover had to be replaced also. Other than that I love it. I love the fuel economy, the small size and ease of use. It is hard to get manuals serviced since the parts are not readily available. This is a Chevrolet problem since they do not stock them. So if you need something replaced and do not get serviced by the dealership, expect to wait. I love the hatch back also. It is very roomy for hauling things. We have an antique stall and haul things in the sonic all the time. And get 37 miles to the gallon consistently. I do not like the redesigned sonic and will most likely not buy it again.

- Ruth V

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$13,865 - $15,835
$16,665 - $18,625

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4
ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4
ECOTEC TURBO 1.4L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 in.
41.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.6 - 38.7 in.
37.6 - 38.7 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.6 in.
34.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 - 38.1 in.
37.8 - 38.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.9 cu. ft.
14.9 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65R15
P205/50R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
99.4 in.
99.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.5 ft.
36.1 ft.

Length

Length
159 - 173.1 in.
159 - 173.1 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2690 - 2727 lbs.
2776 - 2806 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Torque

Torque
125 ft. lbs.
125 - 148 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
12.2 gal.
12.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
30 - 35 mpg
30 - 35 mpg

City

City
25 - 29 mpg
25 - 29 mpg

Highway

Highway
35 - 40 mpg
35 - 40 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety